FACELIFT JOURNEY: RECOVERY

After the first week, recovery is still slow. I am tired with low energy. My husband is having a difficult time with my recovery, and keeps telling me he just wants his pretty wife back. He does not understand why I am putting myself through this.

10 days after my surgery, I start feeling stronger and take extra strength Tylenol for discomfort. No pain. My neck looks great, however, I am still swollen, so it is difficult to see the final results. No more bands or creepiness. I am pleased.

I have some stitches that are bothering me on one side. They should dissolve but this could take a several more weeks, I am told. They feel sharp and hurt behind my ear. If they do not dissolve, I will have them removed.

One side of my face is still more swollen then the other, I understand that this is common. I am not worried.

By two weeks, I am looking pretty good.. my bruising is almost all gone with the exception of below my right eye. Just a little yellow now in certain areas. With make-up, no one would know . My eyes are healing nicely. I am still numb under my chin, on the sides of my face and feel a pulling sensation around my neck. I am also very itchy at times. This is all normal.

I still can’t wear earrings as my ears are still swollen. I do notice that my lobes now look different, something to address with my surgeon.

One month later, I am looking good.. no more bruising. My face a wonderful glow, my check look tight, but not too tight and my neck looks good. At this point, I am pleased with the results and feel the cost was worth it.

Costs range from $10,000- $20,000 for a full face, neck plus upper eyelid. You also have to include, anesthesia, nurses, OR, hospital or hotel room if you are out -of-town. Some plastic surgeons have their own recovery suite in their OR.

2 comments

  1. I had a lower facelift and neck lift 5 days ago and look awful a lot of swelling my ears are twice the size and painful also a lot if draining I’m kind of freaking out when does it start looking somewhat better I look like a monster!

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    1. The swelling is normal. It takes time to heal and everyone heals at a different rate. One side of your face may be more swollen than the other. This too is normal.
      Each day you’ll see more improvement. You may also experience sharp pains and tingling- these are your nerves regenerating. Also normal. Yes, your ears may look swollen and funny for awhile.
      My husband would not look at me while I was healing from my facelift.

      If there are any concerns, it is important to call your surgeon. He/she should be available to you post-op day or night. It’s important to have good communication with your surgeon about any issues or concerns. Good Luck.

      * Answers here are not a substitute for medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed by your surgeon.

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